Subcontractor invoice template

As a subcontractor you are an expert at supplying a specialized service – but that doesn’t mean you’re an expert at the day-to-day tasks of running your business, like invoicing. We have a great selection of fully customizable subcontractor invoice templates for you to use to make sure you are paid properly for the particular services you provide. Available in Word, Excel, PDF, Google Docs, and Google Sheets, these invoice templates are just what you need to detail your hard work in a clear, professional manner – and keep that revenue coming in!

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This invoice template is flexible so it can be used to bill all your clients – no matter what services you’ve delivered. Simply add or subtract lines to describe all the details. Your clients will clearly see the work you supplied and the cost.

Recurring or regular clients

Don’t waste your energy creating a new invoice for the regular clients you subcontract for. Use your time providing great service instead of invoicing them. This free template can also be easily customized for volume discounts.

Multiple projects

When you are hired on as a subcontractor for multiple projects, you know it can be an administrative nightmare creating new invoices for each job. Make it easy on yourself with this easy-to-use, customizable invoice template.


You provide a critical service to construction contractors, so make sure your invoice reflects your professional expertise. This free invoice template details all your hard work so you are properly compensated for your skill and time.


You have the experience and knowledge to teach in a particular subject area. While you help students boost their knowledge, make sure you boost your ability to be paid promptly with this subcontractor teaching invoice template.

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Why sub contractors should send professional invoices

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Each subcontractor has their own area of expertise from electrical work, lawn care to roofing – and their own style of working. That means no one-size-fits-all invoice will do. On top of that, you are often providing the same sort of work that your client does, so the expectations are very precise.

That means you need to clearly outline the work you’ve done and the prices you’ve charged. Easy-to-understand, professional-looking invoices also reinforce your reputation as a reputable and trusted subcontractor. Best of all – a thorough, accurate invoice reflects a job well done – and can lead to repeat business!

What should be included on an invoice for a subcontractor

You tailor your services to the requirements of the job, so make sure your invoice template is just as well tailored so you are paid promptly and properly for your hard work. Just follow these simple steps.

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  • Look through the variety of invoice templates we offer in different designs and colors and select the one that fits your specific subcontracting work
  • Download the invoice template in the format you use, such as Word, Excel, PDF, Google Docs, or Google Sheets. They’re all easy to use – and best of all – they’re free!
  • Insert your business name, phone number, email address, and your subcontractor services
  • Put in your logo, website address, and any other appropriate graphics
  • Add in your client’s name and contact information
  • Generate a unique invoice number or work order number and add it on
  • Put in the invoice date, and if appropriate, the date the work started and finished, or the duration for which you provided your subcontracting services
  • List your services and the costs. Include a description of each service and specify whether you are charging an hourly or flat rate
  • List any materials you provided – including a description of each, with the quantity and cost per unit
  • Don’t forget to list any miscellaneous charges you incurred – including a description of each and the cost
  • Add or subtract lines to make sure the invoice covers all your costs. The template is easily customized to meet the specific subcontracting project
  • If you are including any discounts, add a line explaining the discount so your client knows they are getting a great deal
  • Calculate the total price you’re charging, including applicable tax, and list the total at the bottom of the invoice
  • Include your payment terms, such as the methods of payment you accept, and the payment due date
  • It’s always a good idea to add a personal line at the end – especially if you’d like to make this a regular client. Adding a ‘thank you’ for the business, or a note about an interesting aspect of the project, helps you stand apart from the competition
  • Save a copy – and give the invoice to your client

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When is the right time to send an invoice to your subcontracting clients?

The best time to send your invoice varies with the type of service you provide. If it is a one-off job or project, you might want to invoice upon completion, especially if it’s for a recurring client. But if it’s a complicated project that will span over a long period of time, many subcontractors request partial or even full payment up front.

Much also depends on how well you know the client. For example, if it’s a new client, you may want to request a portion of your fee upfront to protect yourself against any potential problems that might occur with an unfamiliar client.

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Quick invoicing tips for subcontractors

Personalize your invoices

A great way to show how much you appreciate and understand your client’s business is to add some personal touches to your invoice. Especially if you provide similar work as your client, a personal note about a detail of the project shows that you and the client share the same values and expertise.

Accept a variety of payment methods

Make it easy to get paid for your hard work. Give your clients the choice to pay in the way that is most convenient for them by accepting e-Transfers, direct bank deposits, and other online methods of payment.

Prepare a detailed proposal or proforma invoice

Make sure your clients know exactly what you will be providing and how much it will cost by sending them a proposal or proforma invoice with your agreed-upon terms and expectations. This can help prevent misunderstandings that can delay payment.

Keep a record of your work with numbered invoices

Numbered invoices help you keep track of how much money is coming in, and shows your clients you have an organized system in place. If your sub contracting job is going to be spread out over a long period of time and requires you to send in several invoices, you might want to also use a job code. This will help you keep track of all the invoices coming in from that particular project or client.

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